It is now that the tangata whenua will indicate to
the manuhiri to come in a certain direction, in line,
to shake hands and to hongi.
This practice originates from the dawn of time and is a symbolic reference to the first breath of life that was issued to Hineahuone by the Guardians - ´Tihei Mauri Ora´ and shows the ´coming together´ of the two groups to be united as one under the umbrella of the Powhiri.
It is the mixing of the mauri of both the tangata whenua and the manuhiri, it is the first physical contact.